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Expats 'could tip the Eurovision balance in UK's favour'

Mon 9th May 2011

With final preparations being made for the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 and the promotional hype in full effect, Dan Brammall, Co-founder of Tumbit.com, Internet Entrepreneur and serial Blogger, has reminded expats across Europe that they can vote for their home nation since they are currently living abroad.

In a recent press conference, Dan highlighted that the UK has a strong chance of winning the coveted title with their entry "I can" performed by BLUE. Dan said "I really like this song, it's different yet current and gives you a real good feeling inside".

Under the current Eurovision Song Contest tele-voting rules, you cannot vote for your own country if you are in that particular country. However, you can vote for your country if you are calling from another country.

"I believe this year is the UK's year and hope fellow UK expats will lift the phone in their resident country's and vote, vote, vote!" encouraged Dan.

The UK hasn't won a Eurovision Song Contest title since Katrina and The Waves in 1997 with "Love Shine a Light".

The UK first won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1967 with Sandie Shaw and "Puppet on a String". The following year, in 1968, the then un-knighted Cliff Richard narrowly missed out to Spain by one point. However, allegations of vote fixing came to light in 2008 which threw doubt over Spain's win.

Other wins for the UK occurred in 1969 (Lulu "Boom Bang-a-Bang"), 1976 (Brotherhood of Man "Save your Kisses for Me") and 1981 (Bucks Fizz "Making Your Mind Up"). In 2003 the UK famously came last with "Nul Point" after Jemini sang their performance out of tune to a live audience of millions across the globe.

France is the current favourite to win the 2011 title with "Sognu" by Amaury Vassili, the UK is second favourite but tipped to win.

"It's gonna be close, but not impossible!" said Dan. "This voting opportunity doesn't just apply to the UK" added Dan, who pointed out that other expat nationalities living in another European country could take advantage of their location and vote for their home nation.

The Eurovision Song Contest 2011 live final is being hosted by the 2010 winner Germany and scheduled to air from 21:00 (CET) on Saturday, 14th May 2011.

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